Elk Grove Chiropractor Dr. Doug Ferguson DC 95758, Rhino Chiropractic

Significant Improvement In SUI Conditions Reported With New Device

With over 18 million women reported to be affected, stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is without doubt a medical condition that deserves much attention. Various concerned sectors have been exerting extra efforts in coming up with alternative methods in treating this very common pelvic disorder especially with the vaginal mesh surgery mired in controversy.


The intravesical pressure-attenuation device is one such innovation, which has been described by researchers as very promising. This novel balloon-like device is intended to reduce or eliminate episodes of SUI among patients.


This balloon, which is made of polyurethane materials, is inserted into the urethra through a tube and which is then inflated with air. The balloon may then act as cushion to the bladder when abdominal pressure is exerted through coughing, laughing, and other activities, once this device is inflated. By absorbing the sudden changes in pressure in the bladder, urine leakage may be reduced or entirely eliminated.


Clinical Trial Results


In testing the efficacy and safety of this device, a group of medical researchers carried out a study involving 166 women who were diagnosed with SUI. Of this number, 112 women were assigned to the pressure-attenuation device group while the remaining 54 women formed the control group. At the start of the study, devices were inserted by the doctors and replaced after 90 days.


For every month up to the sixth month, the outcomes were recorded and evaluated by the researchers. Based on the subjects’ three-day voiding diaries, it was determined at the end of six months that there was a reduction in urine leakage by 43.2 percent – from 4.4 episodes per day to only 2.5 episodes. Improvement may be regarded as substantial especially when compared to the 24.1 percent reduction experienced by the control group.


While the initial results may be impressive, product developers may still have to hurdle a few challenges before this device may be embraced by the patients and healthcare providers. Adverse effects, albeit non-serious, were reported by a number of subjects and withdrawal rate of participants, placed at 41 percent may be a bit high.


Advantages of Device


Medical experts have acknowledged that as a first-generation device, the emergence of problems may be understandable. In addressing the issues encountered, there is still much that can be done, such as making the necessary improvements and modifications.


Notwithstanding these challenges, researchers have expressed optimism on this device as a new method in addressing SUI. It has been shown that this type of approach is effective, generally safe, simple to apply, completely reversible, and minimally invasive.


Any new method of treating SUI that shows great promise should be good news to all the women affected with this disorder. Surgical procedures, such as vaginal mesh surgeries, which have caused severe complications, have caused apprehensions to thousands of women.


Serious injuries have been sustained by these women, prompting them to file vaginal mesh lawsuits against mesh manufacturers. Included in these lawsuits were those of women who were exposed to increased risks of POP and SUI surgery after a hysterectomy.







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